Gameplay streaming has become one of the most popular forms of entertainment on the internet. In fact, the world leader in streaming, Twitch, is in the top 5 in terms of total internet traffic! It's insane to think that people spend so much time watching other people play games, but it is entertaining. Streaming and the rise of YouTube have done wonders for the gaming community. Want to know if a game is good or bad? Watch someone play it one Twitch!
Since we live in a world where clicks equal dollar signs, everyone seems to be trying to get their foot in the door when it comes to streaming gameplay. It may seem fairly simple but trust me; from experience, it's a lot tougher than you would expect! Luckily for us, however, a new partnership between Blizzard and Facebook may make streaming much, much easier!
You Can Link Your Facebook To Your Blizzard Account!
In an attempt to bring the social aspect back to the Blizzard community, you will soon be able to link your Facebook account and your Battle.net account, making the social process completely streamlined! While this makes signing in a whole lot easier, it also brings with it a pretty awesome feature that PC gamers will love!
You Will Be Able To Stream DIRECTLY To Facebook!
With the click of a button, you will instantly begin streaming to Facebook! This is similar to the feature that the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles have with Twitch streaming, but Blizzard looks to make the process much easier. While there is no confirmation as to when this feature will go live, it is definitely something to look forward to. It is also unknown what sort of (if any) stream customization options this feature will come with — the kinds of customizationoffered with OBS, for example.
Many people like to add overlays and a face cam to their streams so lack of that feature may be detrimental. Nonetheless, for people who want to stream some gameplay to their friends and family this, is going to be a really awesome feature and can help expand the entire streaming community!
What Does This Mean For Twitch And YouTube?
Twitch and YouTube are the two leaders in game streaming at the moment and by a pretty big margin. Twitch is the undeniable king, however, as the community continues to grow each and every day. While I don't think this will have much impact on Twitch or YouTube streaming, I think the simplicity of the new Facebook feature in Blizzard games will have more appeal to the average gamer.
Blizzard games are a huge chunk of Twitch streams and the may lose a bit of their streamers. In the end, Blizzard and Facebook are going to have to do something pretty spectacular to knock those two streaming heavyweights off their thrones!